UnBoxed - Maryland

UnBoxed - Maryland

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Kathy Schmitz

Hello!  My latest collection is Maryland, and it was inspired by my love and appreciation of Baltimore Album quilts.  I have adored them for many years, and wanted to design a fabric line with a nod to these traditional works of art.  To style these Baltimore blocks in a fresh way, I choose to give them a carved wood block look. Using simple shapes with fine details, my goal was to create high contrast images that really popped!

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland Baltimore 

This Baltimore-inspired panel measures 24" x 44" wof, and it comes in three color options - Linen, Whole Wheat and Nightfall.  (Nightfall is shown above.)

One of the things I liked about using these black and neutral colors was that I could add a pop of color – any color!

In my pattern, In the Treetops, I add a bright red cherry!

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland In The Treetops 

In The Treetops uses a Maryland Charm Pack, a smidge of red, and a piece of Moda Flannel for the background. The pattern also includes a detailed embroidery stitch guide. It finishes at 16" x 20", and it can be quilted and bound, or framed. 

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland In The Treetops Pattern

In The Treetops is KS2006.

Many times, I tend to design a project that is something I actually need in my real life and the table runner, Birch Lane, has a home in my home.  I’m lucky enough to have inherited my grandparents' wedding gift to each other, their dining room table. Birch Lan sits proudly on my cherished table.

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland Birch Lane 1

This pattern is also Maryland Charm Pack-friendly along with a fat quarter of the Trailing Vines Nightfall 7032-17

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland Birch Lane 3

The background fabric is a Moda Basic, 16” Toweling 920-181.  It finishes at 16" x 54".

 CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland Birch Lane 2

Birch Lane is KS 2009.

Both of these patterns, Birch Lane and In the Treetops, are perfect projects for the hand work enthusiast!  There are numerous embroidery stitches to keep it fun and interesting. Perfect take along projects.

I wanted to challenge myself to design a quilt using a Layer Cake.  This is a very easy quilt to make and it really makes a strong graphic statement.

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland Picture Corners

The quilt is called Picture Corners - KS 2007.  The black diagonal corners reminded me of the old picture corners that held family photos in place in albums filled with memories.

I am lucky enough to have a good friend who designed some spectacular patterns using my Maryland collection, Barb from Coach House Designs.

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland CHD My Baltimore

My Baltimore uses four of the Maryland panels, and it can be made in any of the three colorways.  It measures 51" x 60" and it is CHD2016.  I think it is stunning!

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland CHD Meet Me In Maryland

Meet Me in Maryland also uses a panel, has simple piecing, and darling fused pear appliques.  CHD2015 finishes at 58" x 76".

CT Kathy Schmitz Maryland CHD Flower Market

This is the third quilt Barb designed for Maryland - Flower Market is CHD2017, and fit inishes at 58" x 78".  The pattern includes the instructions for the 14" x 44" table runner.  Both are made with yardage from the Maryland collection.

I hope you're inspired to bring a bit of "Baltimore" to your home with Maryland

Kathy

Be sure to ask about Maryland at your favorite quilt shop.

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